One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drink, especially an alcoholic one, drunk before or after a meal in order to aid the digestion.
- ‘Instead, sit back, sip a cappuccino or frangelica, amaro averna or some other dessert wine or digestivo and savor the evening.’
- ‘Without this care it is the digestivo version of a Molotov cocktail.’
- ‘Addicted as they both are to Fernet Branca, a 45 % proof digestivo, their judgments are not to be trusted, and they prove to be spectacularly wrong about each other.’
- ‘Dinner over, we sipped home made nocino, an herby-tasting digestivo made from walnuts.’
Italian, from digerire ‘to digest’.
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